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Le Corbusier to Peter Zumthor passes one straight line….”Conscious Inspiration”

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From eliinbar's sketchbook 2013- Le Corbusier to Peter Zumthor  passes one straight line…."Conscious Inspiration"

From Eliinbar’s sketchbook 2013– Le Corbusier to Peter Zumthor  passes one straight line….Conscious Inspiration

Peter Zumthor recently published a model for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art  – LACMA ,new building

 Museum of Art - LACMA

 Does Peter Zumthor also plans according to the principals of the Conscious Inspiration method

Apparently so
Let’s examine how Conscious Inspiration works for Peter Zumthor
The first step in any process of conscious inspiration, is knowledge.

 The most dominant feature in Peter Zumthor’s building,  is the fact that it is raised from the ground by huge PILOTIS

-Columns, pillars, or stilts that lift a building above ground or water ,are traditionally found in stilt and pole dwellings such as fishermen’s huts in Asia and Scandinavia


Fishermen’s Stilt Houses, Pilar, Bicol

Southern Luzon, Philippines

Southeast Asia

The architect that is most ןdentify  with the idea of ​​PILOTIS is Le Corbusier.  THE PILOTIS is the first principle of  le corbusier’s five
points of architecture
The main idea that led to lifting building PILOTIS ,is to allow a sequence of green areas and free movement of pedestrians.
The next sketch by Le Corbusier is showing a typical section of  Unite D’habitation = high-rise housing block 1946-1952
Le Corbusier's sketch
notice the  Unite D’habitation is raised up on pilotis  ,the green landscape spaces surrounding as  Le Corbusier’s Vision for  “La Ville
Radieus”  =  radiant city
The second phase of the Conscious Inspiration process is the development of the conscious inspiration Tools.
Zumthor chose to present his project using a physical model
The model represents the initial phase of the project
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art  (LACMA) zumathor’s new
design would act as a “user-based village” of experiences with several access points and routes. Just as one would wander through a forest

The third step in the Conscious Inspiration process,is to identify relevant sources of inspiration (existing buildings)
There are two types of buildings that can be a sources of inspiration
Buildings that are highly recognized representing a source of inspiration for many architects

one of them is  Le Corbusier’s Unite d’ Habitation built in Marseille  1946-1952 

shown in

the next image




The same year Le Corbusier’s Unite d’ Habitation in Marseille was finished 1952Kenzo Tange’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan ,was opened


 notice Kenzo Tange’s Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a  raised horizontal beam up on pilotis

Newly constructed buildings are used as specific inspiration sources

 Recently were published two buildings (one of them a museum) that realize the design principles developed by Le Corbusier in the 20s of the last century, the first principle of le corbusier’s five points of architecture, lift the building on PILOTIS to allow continuity of the ground level of pedestrian movement and sequence of the forest

The first building is Jean Nouvel’s quai Branly Musée du Paris, 1995-2005 

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Note the prominent principles of this Museum
raised horizontal beam up on pilotis, allowing passage of pedestrians on the ground floor,in a clear green Characteristics.
One year after completion of the  Jean Nouvel’s Branly Musée 
Steven Hall plans an horizontal skyscraper, the  VANKE CENTER in Shenzhen,China  2006-2009
Once more ,note the prominent principles of this building,
raised horizontal beam, up on pilotis,llowing passage of pedestrians on the ground floor,in a clear green characteristics.

Step Four  realise your invention

The next image is a general view of Peter Zumthor’s Los Angeles County Museum of Art model


Unlike the very characteristics raised horizontal beam, up on pilotis
  Zumthor’s  Museum is a very large amorphous surface.


Is  Zumthor’s  Museum   a good example of Conscious Inspiration?

For you to judge….



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